​Snow Glade

Come see the Western high plains and mountains in this large diorama depicting the snow glade with mounts of a cougar, grizzly bear, mule deer, bobcat, long-tailed weasel, Canada lynx and mountain goat. 

The snow glade features thin soil, harsh winters, cool summers, and bright sun. Exposed open areas below the timberline will fill with deep snow that melts slowly in the summer. Snow drifts sometimes remain too long for tree growth, allowing dwarfed plants and grasses to thrive. Better protected areas become long, narrow ribbon forests lying across the path of prevailing winds and blowing snow.